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Falu Röd a perspective on material culture


An exploration of a raw material and how it is transformed and translated into cultural values to show the creativity of productive processes that bring artefacts themselves into being which includes generative currents of the materials of which objects are made and the sensory awareness of us as practitioneers.

In an experimental, material-led approach we explored possibilities that lie within the raw material which usually becomes Falu Rödfärg and a part of a Swedish identity.
The central point of the project was to broaden the context of the material and open up a discussion with the company that produces the colour in Falun, Sweden. Objects evolved that were concepts to four intertwinded fields: educational, artistic, functional and speculative.

By getting to know the inherit qualities of the material we questioned how values are applied to things we process, create, manipulate or interact with on different levels and how this is connected to a certain knowledge and heritage in a cultural sphere.

The project was conducted in collaboration with Falu Rödfärg in a teamwork together with Johan Krantz and Simeon Goowin.



©Heinrich Ehnert, 2017